Jodie Taylor will leave the club to play in Australia and then in the US. Her departure is not a problem, however, and actually eases the congestion in attack.

Taylor missed many games through injuries, and the club were made to cope without her in the side.

Granted, she is an excellent finisher and that side of her game will be missed, but the fact that she went missing for long periods means she was never a key player during her two years in London.

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Jodie Taylor, formerly of Arsenal Women.

Arsenal have two talented strikers in Anna Miedema and the improving Beth Mead. The Londoners are overstocked with attacking-midfielders and forwards as well.

With the two loanees Katie McCabe returning soon and Chloe Kelly coming back next summer, new manager Joe Montemurro has more than enough talent available.

You have to credit Pedro Losa for rightly anticipating her departure by bringing Mead and Miedema in successive transfer windows. It’s meant the club have terrific strength in depth up front.

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Arsenal Women striker Vivianne Miedema.

Miedema is indeed world class and her record at club and country level speaks for itself. Mead, who has a different profile, was a WSL 1 top goalscorer and has stepped up this season.

Taylor is the complete striker, powerful, quick and clinical when needed. Such qualities saw her win the Golden Boot award at the European Championships. However, it was very clear from the start that she would not be a long-term signing for Arsenal.

In my opinion, the green card story being in the background, and the fact she was not staying more than three years at one club, was a clear indication of what was coming.

In the end, the club got a few goals out of her. Perhaps not as many as expected, but you cannot prepare for the multiple injuries she suffered, which prevented her to play to her full potential.